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Page 4 - January 11,2012 JUc T L|KE Tt4AT, NO oNE C VE A A : JT ,.,..,. .... ...... '" "-; ..... ::;: ".'i :'i ~'-_:::......:.:.::::.:_=...... .... .-.-.- " ...... ,-.- - -.. ...,... .... ,.- - "~-- . _..._,..._ ._.:,.::.-.--'-"-'-':" "-'" ..,-,.%.:.,,... ,.._ ; - -. _..-.~ .... .,...." ~.. From Looking back on 80 years covering the Santiarn Playground. January 11, 1962 Jim Mosher. bowling for the David-Mosher team in the Friday mixed league, became the first per- son to ever bowl a perfect game of 300 at Sweet Home Lanes. Mosher also bowled a 217 and a 209 to make his total 726. For bowl- ing the perfect game Mosher won $110.00 and a variety of merchan- dise prizes. February was the wettest month of 1961 for the Sweet Home area. During the month. 15.34 inches fell. the wettest day was February 12 with 3.15 inches. July was the warmest and driest month of the year. Only .56 inch of precipitation was record- ed in the area. The hottest day was July 11. reaching 102 degrees. Dec. 10 was the coldest day of the year with the temperature dropping to 15 degrees. In a community like Sweet Home, things don't happen unless people step up to make them. I've lived in a variety of towns. large and small, and it's become pretty obvious to me over the years that Sweet Home is particularly blessed with .residents who have a distinctly can-do attitude. That was particularly evident in December when the Christmas parade took place. It was only one of a number of events during the first weekend of the month, which kicks off the holiday season here, that were powered completely by volunteers. The parade almost didn't hap- pen, though. In recent years it's been organized by the Chamber of Commerce, but the-chamber's recent financial difficulties - and resulting lack of staffing - made it impossible for it to put on the pa- rade. That didn't sit well with cer- tain local citizens, including former Notes From The Newsroom I Scott Swanson Publisher Chamber Executive Director An- drea Culy, former board member Sue Olsen and her daughter De, b- bie. former employee Chris Pinto and Cassie Richey. As we noted in a Volunteer of the Week shout-out a few weeks ago, they stepped up and formed a committee to put on a parade. It's a little hard to confirm this, since records of past parade partici- pation are sketchy - if they exist at A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www.sweethomenews.com Office: 1313 MainSt., Sweet Home, Oregon Mailing address: The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 Phone: (541) 367-2135 Fax: (541) 367-2137 WHO WE ARE Scott Swanson, Edit0r/C0-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, C0-Publisher miriarn@sweethomenews.com Christy Keeney, Classifled Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Severns, Advertising Sales firiel@sweethomenews.com The New Era (USPS 379-100) is published each Wednesday Periodical postage paid at the Sweet Home, Ore., 97386 Post Office. Postmaster: Please send address changes ~o The New Er~ Box 39, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386 SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn County: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (541) 367-2135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com all, but the general consensus was that the turnout, both on the street and in the parade itself, was even better than usual for recent years. That's what volunteerism is all about and with a new year before us, it's something we should all be thinking about. Volunteering is not only re- sponding to a crisis - a disabled resident left homeless by a falling tree. devastating fires that wiped out families' homes and livelihoods. children who don't have enough to eat on weekends, a lack of coaches for youth sports teams, etc. Often, volutneering can be a long-term commitment such as serving on a board or being a mentor to a needy kid or tending the flowers in the me- dian along Main Street. As a relative newcomer to town - less than 10 years I have to rely on what people tell me or what I read in back issues of the newspaper to understand how things used to be. Sweet Home has definitely changed over the last 25 years, thanks to the wave of environmentalist activity that virtually shut down logging in the Willamette National For- est. People who might once have worked in the wood products in- dustry now work elsewhere - out of town. That's had an impact. In any community things tend to go in waves - the Chess Club or High Q programs might be highly successful for a few years, then dis- appear; Sportsman's Holiday activi- ties come and go (even the popular ones) - because of the presence of volunteers. Another good example that I haven't mentioned and, by way of full disclosure. I have to say I am personally involved in, is the Sweet Home Active Revitalization Effort, funded by the Oregon Jamboree (also volunteer-driven). SHARE has maintained momentum over the past few years and the results are evident in a number of ways - new paint on downtown buildings (in- cluding our own), increased focus on attracting money (tourism and new businesses) to our community, and increased emphasis on helping existing businesses be better through education and individual assistance from our community development director, Brian Hoffman. Economic development is a slow, steady process without a lot of big splashes, so it's easy to over- look progress that has been made, but progress is being made and vol- unteers have a lot to do with that. Having said all this, let me get tomy real point: simply that many of our key volunteers, the people who have made a lot of things (includ- ing the parades) happen in Sweet Home, are getting older. One of them pointed this out to me recently when she stopped by our office, not- ing that she didn't have the energy and strength she'd had only a few years ago. Interestingly, a few days later I got into a conversation with another individual, who, I'd guess, was in his early 30s. about the situ- ation described above. We were discussing how Sweet Home is evolving and he said some- thing important: "Things are chang- ing because the younger generation is starting to step up." That's important, because it has to happen. The quality of life ~,e en- joy outside of sunshiny winter days and green forests is largely driven by people who help the community - one another - by volunteering for See Notes, page 5 January 14, 1987 For the second week in a row a car has smashed into a Sweet Home business. A Sweet Home woman escaped injury Wednesday when the 1979 Ford Fairmont she was driving ran into the TCI Cable building at 150 Main Street about 1:30 p.m. She said she was in the process of leaving the parking lot when she put the car in drive, began to drive and her brakes went out. The vehicle went 44 feet through the parking lot. struck the building and continued through the building for about 16 feet. Neither party was injured. A former Sweet Home business woman was killed Jan. 6 on Brewster Road. one mile past Grant Street Bridge near Lebanon. Pronounced dead at the scene was Janet Lee Wise. 53. She and her husband Karl operated Groves Rex- all Drug until 1980. The heavy fog and possible ice on the road may have contributed to the wreck. A total of 28 firemen responded to Mutt's Welding shop on late Thurs- day night and early Friday morning. "I dosed up around 5:15 and everything looked good" said owner Mutt Trigg. A kid came up to his trail- er. which is located behind the shop, stating the shop was on fire about 30 minutes later. A Dodge pickup truck and another truck were damaged in the blaze. We encourage readers to express their opinionsin letters t( the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be typed and maY be submitted by mail, e-mail, fax or in person at The New Era office. E-mailed letters may be sent to news@sweethomenews.com. Please include a telephone number =n case we need to contact you. Also, we require that you include your name and city of residence or your letter will not be published. " " There is no length restriction, but letters may be edited for length and all letters will be edited for libelous content. We discourage letters that attack or complain about private citizens or businesses on a personal level. Also, letters containing comments on topics deemed by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous-letters will be edited accordingly.